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                                       84b40e_media_preview.png Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts, Sumas Mountain Campus (ASIA, Sumas Mountain) At ASIA, Sumas Mountain, all of the school’s teachers are artists as well as certified teachers. They are unique in that they teach their curricular specialty and their arts specialty as well as integrated curriculum. The school’s Parent Advisory Committee fundraises for arts’ needs and the Artist in Residence Program, in which local artists work with the students and teachers on a special curricular standard and an integrated arts piece. Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts, Sumas Mountain Campus
Abbotsford,BC
7168d1_media_preview.png Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts (ATMSA) became Leon County’s first elementary magnet program in 1999. In addition to using the arts as a primary tool for teaching other content areas of language arts, math, science, and social studies, special features of ATMSA’s arts integration model include an emphasis on “tapestry focus” classes for theatre, dance, visual arts, band, strings, and drumming. Through arts integration, students learn alternative ways to master concepts, and the enjoyment and challenge of thinking and questioning through the creative thinking process. The school’s mission is clear: create a quality, engaging learning environment that prepares learners to become responsible, self-governing, independent, and contributing citizens in a world of change. Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts
Tallahassee, FL
confederation Confederation Park Education through the Arts Elementary School At Confederation Park, students and teachers engage with and through the arts. School-wide, they participate in the valued disciplines of drama, visual arts, dance and music. Through arts integration and interdependence, students have the opportunity to partner their “art” learning with content-subjects such as language arts mathematics, social responsibility, science and socials. This infusion of the arts into the curriculum demands hands-on learning and teaching. Artists-in-residence work with students and engage them in multiple opportunities for investigation and knowledge; students’ new skills are developed and enhanced. Through the infusion of arts in academic disciplines, students are actively engaged in exploration and learning. Confederation Park Education through the Arts Elementary School
Burnaby, BC
b3958a_media_preview.png Conservatory Lab Charter School
Conservatory Lab was established 15 years ago to bring to life the belief that intense music training infused into the academic day enhances cognitive, artistic and social development in young students. The school empowers a diverse range of children as scholars, artists, and leaders through a unique and rigorous academic and music education, as well as enriches the larger community through performance, service, and collaboration. Conservatory Lab also develops and disseminates innovative educational approaches that will positively impact children in other schools and programs. The core of its pioneering curriculum is the hybrid of two proven and exemplary programs: El Sistema and Expeditionary Learning, which emphasize breaking through barriers in the pursuit of excellence – creating a culture and habit of perseverance. The programs motivate and nurture students to become dedicated scholars, compassionate leaders, and skilled musicians. Over the last three years students’ overall academic scores have risen by 30 percent. Conservatory Lab Charter School
Boston, MA
0d7b11_media_preview.png Denver School of the Arts (DSA)
DSA, a comprehensive, culturally diverse, arts magnet school serving students in grades 6-12 in Denver Public Schools, is the only arts-centered public secondary school in the state of Colorado. In addition to a rigorous academic program, DSA students engage in intensive studies in the arts, choosing a major in one of the following areas: Band, Creative Writing, Dance, Guitar, Orchestra, Piano, Stagecraft & Design, Theatre, Video Cinema Arts, Visual Arts, or Vocal Music. DSA has been recognized by US News and World Report as a Gold Medal School, ranking #8 of all high schools in Colorado, has received the prestigious John Irwin School of Excellence Award by the Colorado Department of Education for the past decade, and has been recently graded an A+ school in the state of Colorado by ColoradoSchoolGrades.com. DSA is committed to fostering a lifelong love of the arts in an inclusive, diverse, and academically challenging environment. Denver School of the Arts
Denver, CO
dc67ea_media_preview.png Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA)
DA opened in August, 1985, as an arts high school. DA serves talented students who audition for placement. The school is dedicated to training those students who will pursue a career in the arts, as well as students who will be committed to the support of the arts in their communities. In addition to its arts classes, DA offers a college preparatory academic curriculum that encourages students to take higher level courses; scheduling that allows quality instruction with the best instructors in the country; an extensive mentoring program for struggling students; hands on approach; and a rigorous and challenging curriculum. DA’s needs are continuously addressed through greater parental involvement, stronger community and corporate support and a dedicated faculty who extend their time and effort to assist students in their total development and focus. DA also was designated an ASN Exemplary School for 2012-2014. Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
Jacksonville, FL
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Duke Ellington School of the Arts Ellington, founded in 1974, nurtures and inspires passion for arts and learning in talented students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to develop their artistic skills. They ensure that students are prepared for post-secondary education and/or careers in the arts by offering an intensive arts-based program, and prepare them to become productive citizens through a strong focus on community service. Ellington also applies a rigorous academic and scholastic model that engages students up to four hours every school day. In 2000, Ellington developed a partnership with the District of Columbia Public Schools, the Ellington Fund, the John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts, and The George Washington University, becoming the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Project (DESAP), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which gave it a necessary autonomy for creating art across disciplines and training students with diverse academic and artistic skills. Eight Arts departments offer pre-professional, conservatory-styled training in: Dance, Instrumental Music, Literary Media and Communications, Museum Studies, Theatre, Technical Design and Production, Visual Arts and Vocal Music. Ellington was previously designated an ASN Exemplary School for 2012-2014. Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Washington, DC
Carver Center Logo George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Founded in 1993,Carver Center is a Baltimore County public school located in Towson, Maryland. Carver Center is a countywide magnet school for students in grades 9-12. Carver Center supports and engages students with passion for, dedication to, and talent in acting, business, carpentry, cosmetology, culinary arts, dance, design and production, literary arts, music, or visual arts. Academic instruction incorporates real-world examples to demonstrate relevance between academics and art/technology. A rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, combined with challenging courses in arts and technology, fosters students’ ability to question, analyze, problem solve, and create. Students participate in performances, critiques of their work, and portfolio reviews. The fusion of these disciplines, academics, evolving technologies, and professional experiences prepares students to make informed future education and career choices. George Washington Carver Center for the Arts and Technology Towson, MD
Howard Middle Logo. exemplary school Howard Middle School for the Visual and Performing Arts, a public magnet school, is committed to educate the whole child and this includes history, theory, and practice in the arts, as well as real-life experiences of the arts. There are both zoned and non-zoned students who attend the school and all courses are available to all students. This school provides a rigorous academic curriculum and has been named an AVID national demonstration school. All magnet students are enrolled in advanced core courses that integrate the arts into the curriculum, providing enhanced opportunities for high school and college preparation. With majors in the Visual Arts and Performing Arts, students explore exciting classes in Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, and Music. Students have many opportunities to share their work and talent with others through various exhibits, concerts, recitals, and competitions. Howard Middle School
Orlando,FL
 huntington_beach_logo Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts (HB APA) HB APA is an intensive pre-professional performing arts program providing artistic and technical outlets for young artists and arts enthusiasts in grades 9-12 on the Huntington Beach High School campus. The program places demands on students’ schedules outside of their academic core curriculum, as students are expected to pay equal attention to their academic classes and performing arts classes. The program seeks the serious artist, not a student who wants to dabble in the arts. While not all of the students are expected to pursue a career in the performing arts, all are expected to take their arts education seriously. Students have gone on to attend prestigious universities and performing arts programs including Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, NYU and Berklee College of Music. Graduates are represented on stage, television and in film throughout the country. Even students who do not pursue the creative fields cite their HB APA studies as a step stone to their career of choice. The discipline and deep understanding of the creative process drive their success in all fields. The program is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally. The school was first designated an ASN Exemplary School in 2012-2014. Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts
Huntington Beach, CA
Idaho_logo Idaho Arts Charter School (IACS) a public charter school, has very humble beginnings; from an old church and portable units to a school with two additional wings, two dance studios, a recording studio and a stage. IACS has earned state and national awards for its school and artists. Elementary classes are blended; first/second grades, third/fourth grades and fifth/sixth grades. IACS houses music (Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Choir, Rock Band, Guitar), dance, graphic art, visual art, and drama departments. Its charter is based on using “Focused Investigations” and arts integration throughout the curriculum. Teachers use the arts daily to inform and teach students in academic areas such as science, social studies and history, English and technology. Teachers plan and foster collaboration between the arts and academics classes for interesting projects and learning experiences. As a graduation requirement, seniors must perform a project based on their art focus. Students are also required to dedicate a certain number of hours to volunteer work throughout their high school years. Teachers help one another through mentoring programs and strive to inspire creativity, promote new discoveries, and instill a lifetime of passion for the arts. IACS was first designated an ASN Exemplary School for 2012-2014. Idaho Arts Charter School
Nampa, ID
 interlochen Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA) was founded in 1962 as an independent boarding school dedicated to the arts. As of 2014, it has 300 faculty and staff, and roughly 500 students. While more than half the students major in music performance, IAA also offers majors in comparative arts, creative writing, dance, theatre (performance; design and production), motion picture arts, and visual arts. The vast majority of students at Interlochen Arts Academy are boarding students, including many international students; some local day students also attend. IAA has been noted for its academic rigor and expects students to excel in the classroom as well as artistically. Upon graduation, most IAA graduates continue to universities or conservatories for further study in the arts or academics. Conservatories that often admit Interlochen students include Juilliard, Eastman, Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Curtis, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Peabody, and CalArts. IAA students also matriculate at colleges and universities that do not have a primary focus on the arts. This marks IAA’s second ASN Exemplary School Designation; the school was previously designated for 2012-2014. Interlochen Arts Academy
Interlochen, MI
Lusher.png Lusher Charter School While receiving this designation is a validation of the success of Lusher’s arts programs, the collaborative process of compiling the exemplary school award information caused all involved to take a fresh look at our school’s processes and approaches. The conversations that occurred and the self-assessment the process calls for combined to foster a shared vision and dreams for our arts program. We are honored to have been named an exemplary school, but the process itself has given birth to a shared vision to keep the program moving forward for the benefit of every student. Every school should consider applying, not just for the award, but for the growth that comes from the process of the application itself. Lusher Charter School
New Orleans, LA
LVA logo -- approved Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (LVA) was recognized as the ASN Outstanding School for 2013-2014. LVA is a public magnet school in Las Vegas, Nevada that serves more than 1,700 students in grades 9-12. Students audition to attend, and through that process are accepted to the high school. In its 20-year history, LVA has received an historic 11 Grammy Awards from the Grammy Foundation and has achieved 5 star exemplary magnet school status. The school integrates art with a rigorous academic program and boasts a 99 percent graduation rate.Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
Las Vegas, NV
 a8e820_media_preview.png New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) opened in 2010, and since then has established itself as one of New Mexico’s educational jewels. It is the only residential, statewide, public, arts-focused high school in New Mexico. NMSA’s aim, through its rigorous academic and arts mastery curricula, is to prepare its students to succeed whether they pursue professional careers in the arts or higher education in other or related fields. NMSA’s “A” rating from the New Mexico Public Education Department, graduation rate of 96 percent, and the $5 million in scholarships and financial assistance awarded to its 2014 seniors, demonstrates that NMSA is fulfilling its goal. NMSA was recently named one of the best high schools in the nation by US News & World Report. New Mexico School for the Arts
Santa Fe, NM
New_NOCCA 3in x 6in New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) At NOCCA, they see their work as not only training the next generation of leaders in the creative and cultural economy, but also providing the tools a student will need to bend their own history. NOCCA, Louisiana’s Arts Conservatory for high school students, provides intensive instruction in classical instrumental, culinary arts, creative writing, dance, drama, jazz instrumental, media arts, musical theatre, theatre design, visual arts and vocal; it also offers a rigorous and innovative full day academic program. The program is tuition-free to all Louisiana students who meet audition requirements. NOCCA’s track record over the past 40 years: every year a remarkable 97% of NOCCA graduates go on to college and conservatory programs across the country. The dollar amount of scholarship offers increases each year, with the 2014 class of 116 students receiving over $17.4 million collectively, which is an average of over $150,000 per student. The key to NOCCA’s success is the pedagogy and curriculum delivered in the artist apprentice model; the ethic of discipline and responsibility it instills in students; and the individual voice and esthetic students work to develop which prepares them to be engaged artists and intellectuals for life.
New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA)
New Orleans, LA
Orange-Grove Maroon-Icon Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts is once again honored to receive the exemplary school designation. Orange Grove continues to set high expectations and standards through our arts and academic programs, all of which take a joint effort among our staff, students, parents and community partners. Our vision is to prepare every student to be successful and creative by promoting high academic standards through an arts integrated approach to learning. Success is the expectation. The school seeks to empower well-rounded individuals through all disciplines and create a community of respect and sensitivity while fostering appreciation of the role of Arts in life. Orange Grove also was designated an ASN Exemplary School in 2011-2013.
Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts
Tampa, FL
Logo - color JPEG Power Academic and Performing Arts Center (Power APAC) is a Title I, Mississippi Department of Education “A” specialty magnet school nestled in Jackson, Mississippi. The school originated from a commitment to the arts and arts education made by the community and the Jackson Public School District for students from all socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, and faiths over thirty years ago. Serving over 20,000 students to date, the unique 4th-12th grade sequential, comprehensive arts program admits students through arts audition and academic assessment. Eighty percent of the Power APAC 4th and 5th graders are classified as being both academically gifted and arts talented. As recipient of the 2011 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award, Power APAC continually demonstrates that the arts and the integration of the arts with core education lifts each student to realizing limitless, creative, individual potential.
Power Academic & Performing Arts Complex
Jackson, MS
 rotella-logo Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School “Arts Schools Network has provided guidance and inspiration to our staff and school. Our ability to receive this designation is due to ASN’s endless efforts to bring together schools with a shared vision of promoting the arts in education.”Rotella’s motto is “It STARts with the ARTS”. The school’s mission is to provide all students with a challenging, comprehensive academic program infused with instruction that incorporates dance, music, theater and the visual arts. The program promotes high academic standards in all subject areas and has over 600 students ranging in grades Pre K to grade 5, who are accepted through a lottery of applicants from Waterbury and it’s surrounding towns. Having relationships with various local community organizations has allowed the school to flourish and develop into the awarding winning school that it is today. Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School
Waterbury, CT